Performance on semantic language tasks by Spanish-English bilingual children with varying levels of language proficiency

dc.contributor.advisorPeña, Elizabeth D.en
dc.creatorKester, Ellen Stubbeen
dc.date.accessioned2008-08-28T21:31:52Zen
dc.date.available2008-08-28T21:31:52Zen
dc.date.issued2002en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThis study explores a functionalist approach to language acquisition by examining the performance of bilingual children with varying levels of proficiency in English and Spanish on a test of semantic language skills with six different tasks. Overall test performance was similar across language groups and for bilinguals in their two languages but differences were seen in performance on the individual semantic language tasks. Specifically, the bilingual children demonstrated better performance on the Linguistic Concepts task in English and on the Functions task in Spanish, and the bilingual children performed better on the Categorization task than predominantly Spanish speaking children. Finally, different developmental trajectories were seen in the different language proficiency groups. These findings would be predicted by input given socialization practices and structural differences in the two languages.
dc.description.departmentCommunication Sciences and Disordersen
dc.format.mediumelectronicen
dc.identifierb56858760en
dc.identifier.oclc56208130en
dc.identifier.proqst3110631en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/694en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.rightsCopyright is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en
dc.subject.lcshSpanish language--Acquisitionen
dc.subject.lcshEnglish language--Acquisitionen
dc.subject.lcshLanguage acquisitionen
dc.titlePerformance on semantic language tasks by Spanish-English bilingual children with varying levels of language proficiencyen
dc.type.genreThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentCommunication Sciences and Disordersen
thesis.degree.disciplineCommunication Sciences and Disordersen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen

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